Generic Name(s): aspirin/butalbital/caffeine
Drug Class: Barbiturate/NSAID combinations
Fiorinal is a drug that is used to relieve mild to moderate tension headaches. Fiorinal is a combination medication that is made up of caffeine, aspirin and butalbital. Aspirin works as a pain reliever, an anti-inflammatory agent and also reduces fever. Caffeine is a stimulant of the central nervous system (CNS) and it also improves the flow of blood by relaxing muscle contraction. Butalbital is a barbiturate. It works by relaxing the muscle contractions that are involved in any tension headache.
Butal/Asa/Caff is combination medication that treats tension headaches. It is a combination of Butalbital, Aspirin, and Caffeine medicines. Butalbital is the sedative agent in this combination that works by decreasing the anxiety and cause sleepiness and relaxation. It has some depressant effect and peripheral effects while in a high dose. Aspirin has the analgesic, antipyretic, antirheumatic, and anti-inflammatory effects. Aspirin helps in reducing pain from a headache. Caffeine helps in boosting the effect of aspirin. It is also believed to stimulate cerebral blood vessel constriction. Butal/Asa/Caff can also be used as a treatment for migraine headaches. It is supplied as tablets or capsules, and it should be administered orally. Butal/Asa/Caff side effects do not last for long, but if any persist, seek medical attention immediately.